Philadelphia Theatre Company Names Paige Price new Artistic Director
Acclaimed actress, producer and arts executive succeeds Sara Garonzik as PTC’s creative leader
The Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) announced that Paige Price will join the organization as Producing Artistic Director. Price brings more than thirty years of experience in the performing arts to the Theatre, most recently serving as Executive and Artistic Director at the nationally-renowned Theatre Aspen in Aspen, Colorado. She succeeds outgoing PTC Executive Producing Director Sara Garonzik, who steps down after 35 years at the helm to pursue consulting and independent producing projects.
“Paige comes to us highly recommended by artists and art leaders across the country, and she brings a clear vision to build on the exceptional reputation that the Philadelphia Theatre Company has enjoyed under Sara’s leadership,” E. Gerald Riesenbach, PTC Board Chair said.
“When Sara decided that the current season would be her last, we embarked on a national search to find a worthy successor. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Paige as the Theatre’s new creative leader, and we are very excited about working with her to continue PTC’s mission and build on its reputation as an outstanding venue for important and entertaining theater.” — E. Gerald Riesenbach
In her new role, Price is tasked with fulfilling the PTC’s mission of producing and developing new American plays and musicals while continuing to create and facilitate programming aimed at spreading the power of theater in the community with particular emphasis on PTC’s award-winning education program. She begins her work with PTC in April and will collaborate with Garonzik on completing the season selection process for the 2017/18 season.
“I am very excited to be joining the Philadelphia Theatre Company. I see Philadelphia as a hotbed of opportunity for generating really important work in such a culturally rich city and I am eager to dive into the theatre community with its wealth of talented actors and artists,” Price said in a statement.
“I am truly delighted about Paige Price and what she brings to the table. I think she will be an excellent fit for Philadelphia Theatre Company and feel quite confident about her abilities to lead the Company into an exciting future,” Garonzik said.
During her decade with Theatre Aspen, Price increased revenue by 127 percent, instituted a professional apprentice program and created the Aspen Theatre Festival for new work, among other accomplishments. After attending Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Price worked as an actor on and off-Broadway and in television and film; as a freelance producer of concerts and events; recently appeared on stage and currently still pursues directing opportunities. Price serves on the Tony Award nominating committee, is Vice President of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and, will step down as Vice President of Actors’ Equity Association to take the position at PTC.